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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 20.Jun 2011

Posted on 20 June 2011 by VRS |  Email |Print

Qatar is in talks about buying a stake in the British arm of Spanish bank Santander prior to or at the time of a planned flotation of the unit, reported the Sunday Times newspaper.
Santander is in detailed discussions with Qatar Holding, part of the Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund, among others, about the possibility of such funds becoming cornerstone investors in Santander UK, said the report……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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One of the world’s most acquisitive sovereign wealth funds is in early negotiations to pick up a cornerstone stake in a second leading British bank.
Qatar Holdings, which already has a 7 per cent holding in Barclays, is believed to be seriously considering taking a stake in the UK arm of Santander, the Spanish banking major, when it floats before the end of 2011……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Spanish bank Santander said on Sunday it is not currently in talks with Qatar after a report that the Gulf state was in conversations about buying a stake in the British arm of the bank.
The report in the Sunday Times said the bank was in talks with Qatar Holdings, part of the state’s sovereign wealth fund, and with other such funds, about acquiring a stake prior to, or at the time of, a planned flotation of the unit. “There are currently no conversations under way with Qatar about this matter,” a Santander official in Madrid said in response to the report……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Qatari Diar, the property investment arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, looks likely to finally win approval for its £3bn ($4.8bn) redevelopment of the Chelsea Barracks site.
Revised plans for the 13-acre site have been recommended for approval by planning officers and councillors at Westminster Council and a final decision is set to be made on Monday……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM) confirmed over the week-end it had received inquiries from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over possible payments related to Libya’s sovereign fund.
“We received a request for information from the SEC and are cooperating and responding,” a spokesman for the U.S. oil giant said, confirming a report in the Oil Daily newsletter……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, said in March it would launch a real estate portfolio worth KD1bn ($3.6bn) to invest in the local market.
Mainstream banks in Kuwait are lobbying for an overhaul of mortgage regulations in a bid to open up the Gulf state’s underserved home loans market……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Sovereign Wealth Fund , like all larger institutional players, such as government pension funds, central banks, etc, are diversifying their investment allocation from a largely domestic focus to offshore (including emerging markets) and alternatives, such as hedge funds.
India remains a key component of the emerging markets strategy, whether directly or through emerging market or India focused funds………………………………………Full Article: Source

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China Investment Corp., the country’s $300 billion sovereign wealth fund, is targeting mining, real estate and infrastructure investments in the Americas, said Felix Chee, the fund’s representative in Canada.
The fund has three “active deals” under consideration, Chee told a CFA Society conference in Toronto today……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds snapped up as much as 20pc of Vallares’s £1.35bn share offering, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.
In a development that appears to be at odds with Vallares’s assertion that UK and US long-only fund managers provided the vast majority of the demand, a significant number of hedge funds invested in the oil-and-gas shell vehiclefounded by a quartet that takes in former BP chief executive Tony Hayward and financier Nat Rothschild……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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